Oz

Season 2 Episode 1

The Tip

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Aired Monday 11:00 PM Jul 11, 1998 on HBO
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Oz is on lockdown after the riot. A special committee lead by Alvah Case is to investigate the riot and Gov Devlin's handling of the situation.

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  • We're back with OZ. Emerald City has been closed down, and Charles S. Dutton plays an emmy nominated role as Alvah Case who will decide whose at fault for last seasons riot.moreless

    9.0
    For some reason, this episode isn't rated very highly, but I've gotta say I enjoyed. I'm only a new comer to OZ, but I found the interactions between the characters refreshing as I remembered why I liked the first season so much.



    It was good to see Beecher trying to at least partly come back from the darkness he has found, and hopefully this is expanded on in future episodes.



    Tom Fontana wrote and Nick Gomez directed this episode in a way that captured what the show is about - the study of human behaviour - and as Alvah Case (Charles S. Dutton's emmy nominated performance) concluded - everyone's at blame, therefore no one is. Very touching.moreless
Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Warden Leo Glynn

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno

Sister Peter Marie Reimondo

J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Vernon Schillinger

BD Wong

BD Wong

Father Ray Mukada

Lauren Velez

Lauren Velez

Dr. Gloria Nathan

Dean Winters

Dean Winters

Ryan O'Reily

Charles S. Dutton

Charles S. Dutton

Alvah Case

Guest Star

Cotter Smith

Cotter Smith

Judge Benjamin Fee

Guest Star

Paul Schulze

Paul Schulze

S.O.R.T. Officer Rick Heim

Guest Star

James Palacio

James Palacio

Fiona Zonioni

Recurring Role

Steven Wishnoff

Steven Wishnoff

Tony Masters

Recurring Role

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek

Governor James Devlin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Governor Devlin: Find the truth, Case, 'cause the truth shall set your fee.

    • Hill: (narrating) So, as it turns out, no one was to blame for the riot. In fact, if no one was to blame, that means nothing bad happened. Nothing at all happened. So, life can pretty much go on as it has before. Yeah, right!

    • Officer Wittlesey: You have to understand what's involved. The idea of being a hostage, the mob mentality, you get carried away. You stop being human. You become part of something else. I have made every mistake there is. I've fallen in love with the wrong men, I had a baby out of wedlock, I drank too much, I snorted too much, I have done things to make money, including this job, which made me dread getting out of bed. But each time, I made the choice. I chose to drink, I chose to stop. When my husband got abusive, I chose to walk. I refuse to be anybody's victim. These mistakes I have made, they are a part of me. They are like my skin. And I do not regret what I've done, you hear me? No regrets, no remorse. I just keep going.

    • Case: I know you got nothing to say to me, but I have a couple of things to say to you. First, you've got balls. You voluntarily went into Em City to negotiate the release of the injured officers and Diane Wittlesey. You traded yourself for Armstrong and Mineo, putting yourself into what can only be called a jackpot situation, especially knowing that you'd fall into the hands of Scott Ross, a man you despise. How ironic is it then that he was the one who shot you?
      McManus: Who told you?
      Case: That Ross was the one that shot you?
      McManus: Yeah.
      Case: You just did.

    • Case: You shot Tim McManus.
      Said: No.
      Case: Well, if you didn't, then who did?
      Said: I don't know.
      Case: You had a Sig Sauer in your possession.
      Said: Now, if I say yes, that's another nail in my coffin. I look like a fool to you?

    • Schillinger: Hey, got a cigarette? You know, why would you? Ross is dead. It's funny, you know, what a guy can see with one eye. Through the dark, through the tear gas. Don't worry. I didn't tell that nigger Case a fucking thing.
      Officer Wittlesey: What do you want from me?
      Schillinger: Well, I have a parole hearing coming up. I think maybe the best thing for you, be for me to be out of here.

    • Ryan: How about some help in getting me out of this place?
      Case: Sorry, you're not going any place until the investigation is over.
      Ryan: Hmm! Well, then how about a cigarette? (Case hands him a cigarette) This is good. When I'm done puffing on this, I can suck on my own secondhand smoke.

    • Adebisi: Dr. Nathan. Doctor, the last time I had a woman tie me down like this, I married her.
      Nathan: Well, if she kept you like that you might still be married.

    • Case: Can I buy you a cup of coffee?
      Dr Nathan: I don't think so.
      Case: Why not?
      Nathan: You make me nervous.
      Case: Who, me? Listen, I'm the sweetest guy on the planet. Ask my mother.

    • Hill: (narrating) You ask most people and they'll tell you lying is wrong. Then they immediately go out and lie like a motherfucker. But that's cool. We all know lies are necessary.

    • Case: Anything else you remember?
      Father Mukada: My nose itched. But because our hands were tied behind us, I couldn't scratch. Through it all, through the tear gas and the gunfire and the fear and the adrenaline in overdrive, the only thing I could think of was Christ, would someone please scratch my nose.

    • Case: How did Ross treat everyone?
      Mukada: He was a condescending little prick.

    • Glynn: So, Sort team member A, he enters the common room in Em City, lowers his rifle. Ross comes at him from out of the dark, he raises his handgun, fires. That's not murder.
      Case: You throw a bullet in someone's brain, you pretty much figure he's done.
      Glynn: Well, maybe he shot him in the heart first or the balls, and Ross just kept coming.
      Case: Yeah, but the bullet from Ross' brain was in the wall below the command center by a TV set, and the one that went through his heart was embedded in the floor. So unless he died falling upwards...
      Glynn: It's murder.

    • Case: Leo, who was Scott Ross?
      Glynn: Ross? He was a biker, drug dealer, three strikes lifer.

    • Sister Pete: No, it's more than that. You deny a man his freedom, his family, his privacy, his dignity, all he has left is time to simmer. Eventually, the simmer becomes a boil.

    • Case: Minister Said.
      Said: Asalaam aleikuum.
      Case: Alvah Case. I'm here to interview you about the riot.
      Said: Is that interview, or interrogate?
      Case: I guess that depends on what you're guilty of.
      Said: There was no riot.
      Case: Oh, really?
      Said: There was a righteous struggle against oppression and injustice.
      Case: Righteous or not, there are still eight bodies rotting in the morgue.

    • Hill: (narrating) Blame is a beautiful thing, baby. Blame keeps this whole planet spinning. You can point your finger at the next man, you can shift the weight onto him, you don't have to carry that shit around yourself. You can slide into bed and get a good night's nap. Yeah, right!

    • (Case is interviewing Beecher in solitary)
      Beecher: I bit the tip off a guy's penis.
      Case: So I heard.
      Beecher: You're not afraid?
      Case: Well, I've got my pants on.

    • Case: Like I heard, from what I thought was a reliable source, that you and Ross were close.
      Ryan: Close? No.
      Case: You and he were lovers.
      Ryan: Now who the fuck told you that?
      Case: Ross poured his heart out to Sister Peter Marie.
      Ryan: Hey, look, I'm no fag, pal. But if I were, I wouldn't put my dick anywhere near Ross' scumhole. That cocksucker'd fuck anything on two or four legs.

    • Case: Ryan O'Reily.
      Ryan: Yo yo, that's me man.
      Case: Vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, possession of controlled substances, possession of a deadly weapon, violation of parole. That's an amazing list of crimes.
      Ryan: Well, you know, I applied myself.

    • (Robson is in hospital recovering from having the tip of his penis bitten off)
      Robson: Hey, Doctor, my dick is hard. Is that good?
      Nathan: You tell me.

    • Hill: (narrating) I never lie. Not cause I'm so honest, but cause I have a bad memory, and you can't be a good liar if you got a bad memory.

    • (It has been discover that Ross was shot with bullets from Heim's gun)
      Case: Ah. Officer Heim, do I look like a stupid fucking idiot to you?
      Offiver Heim: No, sir
      Case: Then cut the shit! You SORT guys love your weapons more than pussy. You'd die before letting anyone take it, and you sure as Christ would know it was gone. Who are you covering for?
      Heim: Scott Ross was a lowlife scumfuck, just like all those other scumfucks in there. They hurt Armstrong and Mineo. Cause of them, Hunt and Knowakowski died. Are you seriously going after some CO because they whacked a fucking pig like Ross? Who the fuck's side are you on?
      Case: The law. I'm on the law's side.

    • (In the infirmary)
      Nathan: Hunt and Knowakowski were both hit in the back.
      Case: What about Scott Ross?
      Nathan: What about him?
      Case: Well, according to the autopsy, he was shot three times; once in the head, once in the heart, and once in the testicles.
      Nathan: Yeah?
      Case: I was curious, bullets flying randomly - every which way, and he gets shot three times in three very precise places?
      Nathan: Oh, that's right.

    • Case: Truth ... What is the truth, Leo? Is Devlin guilty? Are you? Leo, depending on what I do find you could be the one who gets fired.
      Glynn: Yeah. You may be doing me one huge fucking favor.

    • Ryan O'Reily: I'm like the lord of the fucking dance. I got moves.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Miguel Alvarez (Kirk Acevado), Sister Peter Marie Reimondo (Rita Moreno), Vern Schillinger (J.K. Simmons), Tobias Beecher (Lee Tergensen), and Ryan O'Reilly (Dean Winters) are moved from the "Also Starring" list to the "Starring" list.

      Simon Adebisi (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Bob Rebadow (George Morfogen) and Dr. Gloria Nathan (Lauren Velez) are moved into the "Also Starring" list.

    • The first words spoken after the riot.

      Oz. The name on the street for the Oswald Maximum Security Penitentiary. Oz, where after months of tension, a riot erupted. The unit known as Emerald City was overtaken by its prisoners. The Governor ordered his troops to recapture it by any means necessary. When the smoke cleared, literally, six prisoners and two correctional officers were dead. Thirty-four others were injured. Some overcome by the gas, some from the beatings, some from rifle wounds. Among those shot: Tim McManus, who invented Emerald City and, some say, ran it into the ground. The rest of the prisoners were moved into Gen Pop, except the riot leaders who were drop-kicked into Solitary. By dawn, peace descended on Oz. Yeah, right.

    • Dean Winters wears a cap during his scenes, in order to hide the longer hair he grew for Ancient Tribes (which took place ten months later).

    • Paul Schulze, who helped cover up Diane's crime in this episode, later went on to co-star opposite Edie Falco in "The Sopranos".

    • Charles S. Dutton received an Emmy nomination for his guest appearance in this episode, which would, sadly, be the only Emmy nomination for acting Oz ever received.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Ryan O'Reily: I'm like the lord of the fucking dance. I got moves.

      This is in reference to the Irish/European dance phenomenon.

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